How many catholic priests have been prosecuted for sexual abuse?

Shouldn’t these criminals be in jail, or some even on death row? Rape is second only to murder, and these guys are doing it to children! I can’t believe that this isn’t a bigger news story.

How many of these guys are paying for their crimes?

Surprisingly few, given that there are over 40,000 priests in the US and 400,000 in the world. Less than 1/2 of 1% have ever been charged with a crime, which is comparable to or less than clergy in other churches, much less than among teachers and coaches, and not even in the same league as abuse within families.

Here are the American cases that actually involved arrests:

Daniel McCormack, a self-confessed sexually abusive priest was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing five boys (8–12 years) in 2001.

Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was charged with molesting two teenage girls at a Catholic church in Greenbush, Minnesota, a small rural town near the Canadian border.

Father James Porter was a Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of molesting 28 children. He admitted sexually abusing at least 100 of both sexes over a period of 30 years, starting in the 1960s.

Reverend Mr. James “Ron” Gonsalves, Wailuku, Hawaii, Gonsalves the administrator of Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church in Waihee, Maui, pleaded guilty on May 17, 2006 to several counts of sexual assault on a 12-year-old male.

A Wisconsin priest, the Rev. Lawrence C Murphy, who taught at the former St. John School for the Deaf in the Milwaukee suburb of St. Francis, Wisconsin from 1950 to 1974, allegedly molested more than 200 deaf boys.

In 1981, the former Rev. Stephen Kiesle was convicted for tying up and molesting two boys in a California church rectory.

In 2005, Rev. Francis Engels pleaded guilty to molesting a Peoria altar boy on trips to Milwaukee in the early 1980s.

On November 21, 2005, Monsignor Dale Fushek of the Diocese of Phoenix was arrested and charged with 10 criminal misdemeanor counts related to alleged inappropriate sexual contact with teens and young adults.

Typically, those who have been abused or imagine they’ve been abused sue the Catholic Church, which did not do the abusing, in hopes of raking in the big bucks from donations of Catholic people.


According to the John Jay Report, around 1,100 priests nationwide had charges levied against them that were sufficiently well-founded for law enforcement to investigate, but only 300 of these were brought to trial and about 130 were convicted.

I’d imagine the same dismal rate would prevail today – a priest or a teacher or even a parent may have abused a child sexually but never see trial, not because of stonewalling but because these cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute.

One of the major problems is that secular laws need to be changed. Often times victims of abuse don’t report that abuse for YEARS or even DECADES. The problem is that statutes of limitations in many states prevent the government from ever prosecuting such cases.

The problem is even worse in Europe, where the church has little power to execute it’s own trials for accused priests, and to even request data on who has been convicted of a sex related crime is not considered acceptable and would be illegal to grant. (If you want proof, call up an Irish police station and tell them you’re moving to the area and would like to know who is a sex offender)

In 2001, concerned about the slowness with which cases of clerical sexual abuse were being handled by the Roman Rota, Cardinal Ratzinger successfully lobbied Pope John Paul II to have responsibility for such cases transferred to the CDF. Since that time, the CDF has authorized over 3,000 cases against priests accused of sexual abuse; 85 percent of the cases have resulted in a conviction.

Priestly sex abuse is “a phenomenon that spiked between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s but seems to have virtually disappeared,” and that in recent years the Church has gone to great lengths to punish and remove priestly predators and to protect children. The result of these measures is that “six credible cases of clerical sexual abuse in 2009 were reported in the U.S. bishops’ annual audit, in a Church of some 65,000,000 members.

You are right no amount of money is going to take away the pain and suffering these people went through, and they have to deal with what had been done to them for the rest of their lives the same should be done to the priest, prosecute them and let them go to main stream jail to meet Bubba!

Bigger? How could it be any bigger news story?

They are prosecuted just like anyone else, know how many cases involving Catholic Priests in the US last year?


Look up how many School Teachers have done the same and then ask why that is not a bigger news story!

The statute of limitations has run out in most of these cases. However, civil lawsuits can be pursued and that’s why the church has paid about $3 billion to victims. A few priests are doing hard time and one of them was even killed in prison:…


Fat too few. The vast majority of them have been moved and hidden to protect the churches assests. That is what the coddling of these animals is all about. MONEY! It is time to throw the money changers out of the Vatican!

The majority of those homosexual priests you are speaking of are now dead. They infiltrated the church in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s, so they are either dead or in jail

“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”…..

It is not for you nor I to judge. GOD in the end will judge these men, and as a believer in Christ (I’m CATHOLIC), that is good enough for me. I am no better than anyone else to demand that anyone should be imprisoned or even put to death.

Maybe you could learn a little bit about Charity for all mankind instead of spreading hatred.


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